5 things you might dislike about MarginNote

We have done a tonne of videos on MarginNote.They mostly focused on how to use the application. But, what could you possibly dislike about MarginNote? Here are five reasons: 

1. MarginNote is a very complicated PDF-reader.

If you intend to use this application, as your primary PDF reader, you will need to spend some time learning to use the app; even if you are using tutorials. 

2. MarginNote lags, the more nodes you add to your mind map. 

Lagging mostly occurs when you incorporate different things in your notes: text, handwriting, pictures and scanned notes. The lag might be minor, but those seconds add up in the long run. It just doesn’t make for a smooth user experience. 

3. Syncing is defective

iCloud syncing in MarginNote is dysfunctional. When you need your notes on a different device, manually sync the notes and check they are appearing on your other device. Otherwise you risk not having your notes when you need them. 

4. No Auto backup

Not many of us remember to backup our documents. Which is why it’s best to have auto backup for your documents to backup automatically at regular intervals. In MarginNote, you manually have back up your notes to a folder you choose.

5. Exporting massive mind maps is a pain

MarginNote is not the type of app you can export your huge mind maps out of. Big mind maps created in MarginNote are better off left in MarginNote. You will end up exporting multiple segments of your mind map.


Comments · 1

  1. Hi 🙋🏻‍♂️. For me the point 1 and point 2 both are deal-breaker points but more so the point 2 which relates to the lag noticed in the mind map. So marginnote actually suffers from the same type of problems as LiquidText. In LiquidText, after the import of few big pdf textbooks and writing digital handwriting notes for 20 plus pages (A4 or letter size) in the workspace, the app will come to almost a halt i.e. will oftenly crash, search in multiple documents will always fail, the digital handwriting and erasing in workspace will be horrible. So, in short, it will be unusable. LiquidText is good for small projects ( a sort of a joke! Lol) but very bad for big projects and serious work. The developers attribute it to memory management issue but they’ve tried for the past few months even introduced version 4 to remedy these problems but failed to do so. I think that there is some FUNDAMENTAL issue with the app that they can’t figure it out. That’s why I gave up on using LiquidText and now I use GoodNotes 5 to annotate my pdf textbooks 📚 and upto this day is working absolutely fantastic. No lag and the digital handwriting is invariably excellent no matter for how long you work in your documents. Rarely, if ever it crashes, then opens up in few seconds in contrast to LiquidText which will take a good 1 minute to load again!
    Again pdf expert is not only expensive but also it’s digital inking is bad and slow.
    ONLY APPLICATION THAT IS A REALLY WORKHORSE FOR WORKING ON BIG PDF TEXTBOOKS IN MULTIPLE TABS FOR HOURS IS GOODNOTES 5!!! Everything else fails in serious studies. Good for small PDFs. Not good for big textbooks.

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